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etiquette

[et-i-kit, -ket] /ˈɛt ɪ kɪt, -ˌkɛt/
noun
1.
conventional requirements as to social behavior; proprieties of conduct as established in any class or community or for any occasion.
2.
a prescribed or accepted code of usage in matters of ceremony, as at a court or in official or other formal observances.
3.
the code of ethical behavior regarding professional practice or action among the members of a profession in their dealings with each other:
medical etiquette.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; < French étiquette, Middle French estiquette ticket, memorandum, derivative of estiqu(i)er to attach, stick < Germanic. See stick2, -ette
Synonyms
1. Etiquette, decorum, propriety imply observance of the formal requirements governing behavior in polite society. Etiquette refers to conventional forms and usages: the rules of etiquette. Decorum suggests dignity and a sense of what is becoming or appropriate for a person of good breeding: a fine sense of decorum. Propriety (usually plural) implies established conventions of morals and good taste: She never fails to observe the proprieties.
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British Dictionary definitions for etiquette

etiquette

/ˈɛtɪˌkɛt; ˌɛtɪˈkɛt/
noun
1.
the customs or rules governing behaviour regarded as correct or acceptable in social or official life
2.
a conventional but unwritten code of practice followed by members of any of certain professions or groups: medical etiquette
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French estiquette label, from estiquier to attach; see stick²
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Word Origin and History for etiquette
n.

1750, from French étiquette "prescribed behavior," from Old French estiquette "label, ticket" (see ticket).

The sense development in French perhaps is from small cards written or printed with instructions for how to behave properly at court (cf. Italian etichetta, Spanish etiqueta), and/or from behavior instructions written on a soldier's billet for lodgings (the main sense of the Old French word).

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Encyclopedia Article for etiquette

system of rules and conventions that regulate social and professional behaviour. In any social unit there are accepted rules of behaviour upheld and enforced by legal codes; there are also norms of behaviour mandated by custom and enforced by group pressure. An offender faces no formal trial or sentence for breach of etiquette; the penalty lies in the disapproval of other members of the group. Regardless of its level of material culture, any highly stratified society will possess an etiquette in which every person knows the behaviour expected from him toward others and from others toward himself.

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